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Finale libraries

Finale groups certain musical elements, such as expression markings and chord symbol suffixes, into reusable sets called libraries. The Finale installation includes a basic set of libraries in the Finale installation directory (see Finale Installation Details). There are also additional libraries installed that can be used for any document you create. And finally, you can create your own library to save commonly used element sets, even copying all elements from one document to another (see Reusing document settings); see Save Library dialog box for an explanation of the types of score elements that can be included in a library. You can include any combination of the available score elements in the same library file.

To add a library's contents to the active document

Noteman says: Once a library has been loaded, its settings become part of the active document. In other words, the document does not rely on any external files: all settings are contained in the document itself.

  1. Choose File > Load Library. The Open/Save File dialog box appears.

    You can also click Load Library in the Document Options dialog box.

  2. Choose the library you want to load and click Open. The library's contents are added to the document.

    For example, if you load a chord suffix library, the chord suffixes are added to the Chord Suffix Selection dialog box, following any existing suffixes.

Libraries included with Finale

Broadway Copyist Font

Chord Suffixes

Default Libraries

Engraver Font

Jazz Font

Maestro Font


Music Spacing

Petrucci Font



Handwritten Default

This library includes all the markings used in the Handwritten default document (Broadway Copyist font).

Jazz Font Default

This library includes all the markings used in the Jazz default document.

Maestro Font Default

This library includes all the markings used in the Maestro default document.

Percussion Layouts

This library contains all of the percussion layouts that you have created as well as default percussion layouts.

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